The East Jessamine boys’ basketball team had just 15 wins all of last season. On Tuesday night the Jags matched last year’s win total, downing Southwestern 59-56.
“This team has done this (won close games) so many times this year. I think if you go back and look at our overall record, I think that’s our seventh win of four or less points,” East coach Chris O’Bryan said. It was actually the Jags’ ninth win by four or less. “Good teams go out and win despite whether they play well or not; they find a way to win, and this team has done that all year long.”
With 4:44 remaining in the game, the Warriors hit a three-pointer to tie the game 48-48 and came right back with a bucket on their next trip to go ahead by two with less than four minutes remaining.
Trailing for the first time since the second quarter, East’s defense stepped up and held Southwestern without a basket for the next 90 seconds, giving the Jags offense a chance to reclaim the lead. Jordan Redd made it a one-point game, sinking a free throw, and Andrew Brockman put East ahead by one with bucket. A pair of free throws by Cody Collins gave East a three-point advantage.